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Armenia on the Brink: Strategies in a Diminishing Landscape

AIWA NJ Armen Kharazian Armenia Armenian Bar Association Azerbaijan Justice Armenia Knights and Daughters of Vartan Lilit Gevorgian NAASR St. Leon Armenian Church - NJ What's Next Zohrab Information Center

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 4:00pm EDT / 1:00pm PDT
On Zoom and the St. Leon Events YouTube channel.

LILIT GEVORGIAN, Russia and CIS specialist
ARMEN KHARAZIAN, Principal attorney at Kharazian Law and former diplomat
EDUARD ABRAHAMYAN, Doctoral research fellow and defense analysist at the University of Leicester (unable to participate)

Join UK-based Russia and CIS Specialist Lilit Gevorgian, Washington DC-based attorney and former diplomat Armen Kharazian, and UK-based doctoral research fellow and defense analyst Eduard Abrahamyan for Part IV: Armenia on the Brink: Strategies in a Diminishing Landscape, the fourth in the What’s Next series for a roundtable discussions with Q & A on the post-war Armenian reality.

  • Contours of a robust diplomatic response and steps toward a post-CSTO Armenia
  • Understanding the strategic significance of Azerbaijan’s gains and the question of air defense
  • Impact of the quality of governance and policy formation on national security
  • Domestic drive to appease Azeri expansionism and hybrid war
  • Possible developments with the progression of the current trajectory

Lilit is a Russia and CIS specialist. She is responsible for analyzing the macroeconomic, political, security and business environment of Russia and former Soviet Republics and is a frequent contributor to major media outlets, including frequent guest appearances on BBC Radio Four’s Today Show and newscasts. She participates in broadcasts by CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera, among others. Lilit gained knowledge of the CIS risk environment at Eurasia House at Cambridge University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, LSE Enterprise and the United Nations. Earlier in her career, she worked for the ministries of foreign affairs and economy in Armenia.

Armen is principal attorney of Washington DC-based Kharazian Law where he represents clients in white-collar criminal defense and investigations pertaining to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-money laundering statutes, export control and sanctions, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the Lobbying Disclosure Act. Prior to establishing his law practice, Armen served as a Law Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of the General Counsel and as an Honors Law Clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Armen is a former member of Armenia’s foreign service where he held senior positions as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, DC and Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control & International Security Affairs Department. His prior postings include Armenia’s missions to the OSCE, IAEA, & CFE Treaty Joint Consultative Group in Vienna, and Armenia’s delegation to the Nagorno Karabakh Peace Talks.

EDUARD ABRAMYAN (unable to participate)
Eduard is a defense policy and regional security analyst with emphasis on the Black Sea, South Caucasus and Central Asia. He is a teaching assistant and Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, UK, studying the adaptation of NATO Partnership Policy in the Black Sea-Caucasus region amidst an evolving security environment (2008-2018). Eduard was the Assistant to the President of the Republic of Armenia on foreign affairs (2019-2021). He was a Senior Associate Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft based in London, as well as a regular contributor to the IHS Markit (Jane’s Military Capabilities), The Jamestown Foundation, The National Interest, Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Central Asia–Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council. He is a Rumsfeld Fellow of AFPC (2017).

AIWA NJ Chapter
Armenian Bar Association
Daughters of Vartan-Sahaganoush Otyag
Justice Armenia
Knights of Vartan-Bakradouny Lodge
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues
The Zohrab Information Center
Saint Leon Armenian Church

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